The banned former Essex bowler has made his opinions about being let down by the ECB perfectly clear.
After being told to either give evidence at Danish Kaneria’s appeal hearing or face legal action, former Essex cricketer Mervyn Westfield has attended but not without voicing his opinion on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
Ex-Pakistan and Essex bowler Kaneria is appealing against his lifetime ban from the ECB for the part he played in a spot-fixing scandal with Westfield.
The Pakistani spinner was banned in June 2012 for pressurising the young bowler to purposefully bowl no-balls in a domestic one-day match in 2009.
Westfield is banned from English cricket for five years and all cricket for three years, as well as having served a four-month jail sentence.
“I have made it abundantly clear to the ECB that I have no desire to participate in this hearing or to provide any further evidence. The ECB have this time decided to take the hostile route to secure my attendance,” the 24-year-old said on the Guardian’s website.
“I am here to bring to an end the pain and suffering I am forced to continuously suffer.”
Whilst on trial in January 2012 Kaneria was named as the middleman who had lured Westfield with money to play badly in the first-class match, a charge the Pakistan international has always denied.
The spin bowler decided to appeal against the ECB in order to get his career back on track and he has remained confident that Westfield will support him and that he will win.